One of the blogs I’m glad I stumbled across is called Curious Expeditions: Traveling and Exhuming the Extraordinary Past.
A title like that is a lot to live up to – but this blog explores all sorts of fascinating collections, places, and stories. Some posts are short – a photo and a paragraph or two. Some are far longer – a detailed look into a particular area or topic. They usually include a collection of further links to explore more if you’re curious.
Some of my favorite posts:
- A whale of a meal – about whaling in colonial New England, and about the use of whale meat in food. (And the interesting question – was whale served at the first Thanksgiving?)
- Octagon houses – just what it sounds like, building a house shaped like an octagon rather than a square or rectangle.
- Ravens – because, really, what’s not interesting about ravens?
- Pneumatic tubes used to move messages through New York City.
- Also, New York has geysers (well, due to the pressure when drilling deep underground). Who knew?
- And finally, about the crypt under St. Stephan’s cathedral in Vienna. (I got to see the cathedral when I was there over Christmas of 2006, but didn’t see the crypt.)